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DescriptionIt's a bit of a challenge to describe Jerusalem, because Jerusalem means something different to everyone. One thing is for sure, you'll be hard-pressed to find a more significant, fascinating, or life-changing vacation. Not only does the city's history go back more than 5,000 years, it has incredible meaning for three of the world's main religions. In order to keep the integrity of its history, a wall surrounds most of the ancient sites. Outside of the ancient city, the world begins to move a little faster as modern life keeps Jerusalem constantly growing and innovating. As unique of an experience as it is to tour the 8th century BCE Jewish Quarter, Israel's first mosque, or The Last Supper Room, it's almost equally unique to experience the modern Jerusalem. The nightlife can be glamorous or laidback depending on your taste, and there's no shortage of places to dance. Hip restaurants and cinemas round out the entertainment, making Jerusalem a multi-faceted, once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience.
The Holy City09/30/13
I have always heard about the rivalry among religious groups which would be dangerous for tourists, but I can tell you the Christians, the Jews, the Muslims and the Armenians learned to live together. The old city of Jerusalem is divided in 4 districts or zones, one for each group, so you will be able to safely walk on the streets, visit the shops and absorb what those four cultures have to offer.
So much to see in the Old City of Jerusalem09/21/13
Be sure to plan your trip so as it witness the Jewish holy day. On Friday morning we visited a Jerusalem market, it was a bustling place full of last minute shoppers and vendors hurriedly hocking their wares before sundown and Shabbat, or the start of the Jewish holy sabbath. Jewish tradition observes the sabbath from sundown on Friday until sundown on Saturday night. During this time it prescribes, among others, that no food can be prepared. So the market was a busy place just prior and hours later it was a veritable ghost town. What we didn't know was that after the commencement of Shabbat the entire city virtually shuts down! That means buses and taxi's as well, so plan accordingly.
The food in Israel was incredible! Falafel is a very popular food in the Middle East and is very common in Israel, where it is regarded as a national food. We ate one every day they were so good and there will be no shortage of good food as you get lost in the old city.
If you've made it all the way to Jerusalem then a day journey to lowest point on earth is in order. It's called the Dead Sea because it's so salty nothing can live in it. It has the highest salt concentration of any other body of water on earth! Because of the extreme saltiness our bodies are more buoyant in the Dead Sea meaning its virtually impossible to sink. All you can do it sit back and float and we did, don't forget some dead sea mud, they say it has some healing and rejuvenating qualities! The air is extremely dry, and temperatures are high throughout the year one would think a dip in the Dead Sea would be refreshing however the hot salt water and minerals make the water as thick as oil but it's a lot of fun enjoying the natural buoyancy of the sea, and we just floated effortlessly for hours amid the natural healing elements of the world's largest natural spa. Just don't make the same mistake I did. It is hot in the dessert and you might want to put your head under water, don't do it unless you enjoy the searing pain of salt in your eyes! All in all however, the dead sea visit was a memorable highlight of the trip.
I hope you will love Jerusalem as much as I did!
There is a lot of cultural places to go and partying is not left behind either. The food is amazing and one of the most important things: security. You can walk home, or to your hotel, at 03:00AM and nothing will happen.
If you love adventures, new cultures or even religion; Jerusalem is the place to visit.
Old City of Jerusalem
Garden of Gethsemane
If visiting Jerusalem, you’ll mostly likely fly into Tel Aviv – another Jauntaroo destination. Be sure to check out this incredible city on the Mediterranean Sea.
[ILS] Israeli New Shekels
Ben Gurion International Airport [TLV]